Installation - Quick Install Wizard - Part 1
QNAP utilizes a unified installation CD that encompasses four different NAS solutions. Upon inserting the CD, the disk auto-runs, presenting the above menu. Next, the user selects the respective NAS server from the list, in this case the TS-101 and TS-201, and follows the procedures for each unit.
To start, a graphical image appears which summarizes each server's inputs, outputs and interface features. The instructions for each unit are identical; connect the unit to a hub, switch, router, or PC, plug in the power cord and press the power button. Once the unit completely boots, which takes roughly 45 seconds to 1:00 minute, a steady Power, Status and LAN light will appear as well as a long beep.
In the next step, the wizard detects that the unit has not been configured and asks whether the user would like to complete the setup now. Clicking OK initiates the log in screen which comes preset with the username administrator and the password admin. Once the log in details have been entered, the actual configuration process begins, which starts with a brief summary of what can be expected. First, a name for the server needs to be specified, which is filled in by default or can be set to something more personal if desired. On the next screen the system Time Zone and server time can be configured, as well as the option to have the server use an Internet Time Server automatically. File encoding settings default to English but can be changed as needed, which may be necessary with less common Operating Systems.
The TS-101 and TS-201 both default to obtaining an IP address automatically through DHCP, however, the option to enter static IP, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and DNS information is also an option. In the next screen, each NAS server detects the hard drive(s) installed and offers to initialize the disk(s) for the first time or allows you to postpone initialization until later. With the TS-101, the options are minimal as there is only one drive to initialize. In the TS-201's setup, the user is presented with four setup options; individual drives, RAID 0, RAID 1 and Linear, all of which we will cover more specifically when reviewing the Web Client that is common to both systems.
Once all of the options are set, the Configuration Wizard offers a summary of all the options selected before committing the changes to the unit. If any changes are needed, simply click Back as needed.